Text written exclusively for Have & Hold by Christy Hulsey
As a little girl, I remember dreaming about a party amid my grandmother’s grapevines. To me, a vineyard soiree is the epitome of magical romance. I love it all — from the rich colors of bronze, burgundy and green, to the sweet smell of a grapes begging for harvest, to the peaceful sound of leaves dancing through the acreage. All of this is why setting up this inspirational shoot with the girls of Salted & Styled was almost effortless.
Libbie Summers took her naturally beautiful, of-the-Earth style to our tabletop, and set the stage for an engagement party. Every floral element was intentionally foraged and hand snipped from the lush grounds, which are full of pear, pomegranates, figs, grapes, and bamboo.
The shoot is full of ancestral poetry — olive branches and ginger lily were picked with my grandmother and daughter, while I shaped the garland with my sister.
Chia Chong snapped every single moment so perfectly that you can practically see the story unfold: A younger sister named Anna, a soon-to-be the maid of honor for her beloved sister and bride, Lily. Anna beautifully crafts a ordinary setting for Lily of found tables, bench and even a family room sofa, and sets the table with full flavored wine, cheese and dessert — a recipe she had been working on since she learned about the history of the stack cakes of Appalachian weddings. Using the environment as inspiration, her breathtaking palette fuses greens with rich reds through a warm, deep and abundant garland.
The day created by one sister for the other is crafted around a loving set up with fun details that blow the guests away. The love between the sisters is instinctively divine. And the gorgeous wine country soiree? Just as stunning.
Concept & Photo Styling by: Libbie Summers
Produced by: Salted & Styled and Camp Makery
Floral Garland + Cake Topper: Christy Hulsey, Colonial House of Flowers
Table Garland: Amanda Currier, Colonial House of Flowers
Olive Branch Collection: Margie Tygart (aka The Butterfly Girl)
Photography: Chia Chong
Production Assistant: Candace Brower
Model: Anna Heritage
Vintage Plates: Habersham Antiques Market
Cheese Stand: Pottery Barn
Glasses: Pottery Barn
Slate wine markers: Pottery Barn
Wine: Cameron Hughes
Olive Oil: Georgia Olive Farms
Location: Temples Farm